The University of Limerick Hospital Group, which represents six hospitals in Limerick, Clare & North Tipperary, has announced the implementation of visiting restrictions after an outbreak of covid 19 was detected on both inpatient and outpatient wards at Ennis General Hospital.
The UL Hospital group says it regrets the “inconvenience this will cause for inpatients at Ennis Hospital and their loved ones, but the restrictions are necessary to protect the safety of patients and staff, and to keep essential healthcare services open for all patients.”
It says “exceptions to visiting restrictions will be made on compassionate grounds for patients who are critically ill or at end-of-life” as well as for “people assisting confused patients (e.g., patients with dementia).”
“These exemptions are on a case-by-case basis.” it says.
Hospital management say no other services at the hospital have been impacted by the decision.
“We wish to reassure patients and their loved ones that all appropriate infection control precautions are being followed to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection among staff and patients within our health facilities, and also within the wider community.”